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2/13/13 12:40 P

I only eat when I'm hungry, trying to retrain my body !

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2/13/13 12:39 P

Nope. If i am not hungry I don't snack. I drink lots of smoothies so I fill up on the fiber and drink about 24oz of juice a day(i make the juice, not from a store). But you also have to do what is best for you.

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2/13/13 12:19 P

If I'm not hungry and it's "time" for me to eat something, I'll still eat a little something because if I don't, I'm the type of person who becomes realllly hungry and then could tend to throw portion control out the window. If it's time for my, say, hard boiled egg and baby carrots snack but I'm just not that hungry, I'll maybe only eat the carrots or only eat the egg. At least it's something because like I said, I know from experience going longer than 4 hours is dangerous for me.

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2/13/13 12:07 P

I would not bother eating the snack if I wasn't hungry. That happens to me a lot, I eat lunch around 1 as well, and while I have a snack available at work to eat at 4 or 5 (I leave at 6), sometimes I just don't feel like eating it. On those days I just end up using the calories for a sweet treat after dinner :)

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2/13/13 11:06 A

Thanks everyone! This losing weight and really informing myself of how to approach it better this time around is like re-learning how to treat my body and how to properly eat and exercise, so this is definitely helpful. emoticon

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2/12/13 7:59 P

Snacks are only necessary to ward of excessive hunger between meals--and possible binge eating.
If you are not hungry, don't have a snack.
Snacks do nothing to increase or decrease metabolism.

SP Dietitian Becky

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2/12/13 5:03 P

I wouldn't bother with a pre-dinner snack if i wasn't hungry. Especially since you have a late lunch, it's not surprising you aren't getting the pre-dinner hungries! Some people have a preference for many-small-meals and some prefer 3, i do not think your metabolism will be significantly affected no matter which style of eating you choose.

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2/12/13 5:00 P

I think what matters most is how hungry you are at dinner. If your too hungry, you may over eat, and a snack may help you maintain good portion control. emoticon

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2/12/13 4:48 P

Agreed. If yo u're getting enough for the whole day, then there's no need in just eating a snack for the heck of it.

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2/12/13 4:17 P

Personally, I wouldn't eat if I wasn't hungry. Save those calories for dinner or a snack after dinner.

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2/12/13 4:12 P

I was just wondering if I should still have a snack in the afternoons if I'm not hungry. I usually eat breakfast around 7:30, 8:30/9 at the very latest. Lunch doesn't usually happen until around 1 (I just prefer to go after the rush). I'm not usually hungry for a snack prior to dinner.
Since I keep reading that you should eat whether you're hungry or not to keep up the metabolism, especially breakfast - should I still eat something, usually I eat a yogurt or piece of fruit; or should I skip it altogether? emoticon

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